Archive: Carolina Critic

  • Freeze Details Iceland

    In this relatively short but highly illuminating book, economics professors Philipp Bagus and David Howden (both of whom are schooled in Austrian theory) explain the collapse of Iceland’s economy in 2008. Why bother with the difficulties of that little nation (population 313,000) in the remote North Atlantic? The reason is…

  • Don’t See ‘Woman In Black’ Alone

    Reminiscent of the classic horror films of Hollywood’s golden era — when the production code prohibited gratuitous violence, and moviemakers relied on the harrowing nature of the unseen and imagined — “The Woman in Black” is refreshing. Created by Hammer Film Productions (the popular production company from the 1950s and…

  • Rasmussen: Leaders Don’t Care What People Want

    I realize this will come as a shock to most of you, but here goes: The so-called Political Class in Washington is out of touch with the rest of us. I’ll admit that most of us rely on anecdotal evidence to make that case. However Scott Rasmussen provides us with…

  • Rehabilitating Lochner a Sharp, Iconoclastic Work

    For non-lawyers, the “Lochner” in this book’s title refers to the Supreme Court’s 1905 decision in Lochner v. New York, which author David Bernstein (of George Mason University Law School) argues has been misrepresented terribly by “progressive” intellectuals. Among lawyers, the standard view of Lochner is that it was a…

  • Bio: Madison Captivated by Politics

    He’s known as the Father of the Constitution, despite the fact that he didn’t much like the product that emerged from the secretive convention that created that document. He served as the fourth American president under the Constitution. Few at the time would have disputed his job qualifications, even after…

  • Folsom’s Book Portrays FDR As Devious Opportunist

    Hillsdale College history professor Burton Folsom and his wife Anita have given a much-needed counterweight to the standard view that Franklin D. Roosevelt was one of the greatest American presidents. After reading FDR Goes to War (and I also recommend Folsom’s earlier book New Deal or Raw Deal?), anyone who…